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Jessen Book


Jessen Book, swimming, kenyon college, ohio state, im campIn his first season of coaching both the Lords and Ladies programs, Jess Book was voted the 2013 NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year. In doing so, he became the first Division III coach to earn both awards in the same season since the NCAA combined the men’s and women’s championship meets. He also returned the men's team to a National Championship and the women's squad to a runner-up performance at NCAA's. Book was hired as the women's coach in July 2010 to succeed Jim Steen, who had directed the Ladies since their inagural season of 1975-76, before also taking over the Lords in 2012. 

Book is beyond familiar with the structure of the most prolific dynasty in NCAA Division III women's history. A 2001 Kenyon graduate, he was a four-year member of the Lords swim team. He returned to campus in 2002 and served as Steen's assistant coach four times in a six-year span. As an assistant, Book helped guide the Ladies to three national titles and the Lords to four. He also played a key role in the development of 20 NCAA individual-event champions and seven NCAA Division III record-setters.

Following up on his time with the Lords and Ladies, Book gained experience at the NCAA Division I level working as the assistant men's coach at The Ohio State University. During that stretch, the Buckeyes improved from fifth place to first place at Big Ten Championship meets and moved from twenty-first place to ninth place at NCAA Championship meets.

As a swimmer, Book was a member of four Kenyon national championship teams and was an All-America award-winner in the 1999-00 season. He captained the 2000-01 Lords squad and closed out his senior season with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and his third-straight spot on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's (CSCAA) All-Academic Team.

Prior to acquiring his master's degree in sports and exercise studies at Ohio State, Book earned bachelor's degrees in English and biology. His range of work experience also extends to one-year stints as the general manager of Total Performance Sport Camps and as a Kenyon admissions counselor. 

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